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Dancing with Python

By : Robert S. Sutor
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Dancing with Python

By: Robert S. Sutor

Overview of this book

Dancing with Python helps you learn Python and quantum computing in a practical way. It will help you explore how to work with numbers, strings, collections, iterators, and files. The book goes beyond functions and classes and teaches you to use Python and Qiskit to create gates and circuits for classical and quantum computing. Learn how quantum extends traditional techniques using the Grover Search Algorithm and the code that implements it. Dive into some advanced and widely used applications of Python and revisit strings with more sophisticated tools, such as regular expressions and basic natural language processing (NLP). The final chapters introduce you to data analysis, visualizations, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning. By the end of the book, you will be proficient in programming the latest and most powerful quantum computers, the Pythonic way.
Table of Contents (29 chapters)
Part I: Getting to Know Python
PART II: Algorithms and Circuits
PART III: Advanced Features and Libraries
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Appendix D: The Complete Guitar Class Hierarchy
Appendix F: Production Notes

9.8 Universality for quantum gates

The existence of a universal set of gates for quantum computing is mostly academic for a coding book, but it is worth a short discussion to complement the classical situation.

Unlike the classical case, there is an infinite number of 1-qubit quantum gates. The RXφ, RYφ, and RZφ give us such a set, where 0 ≤ φ < 2π. If we can’t generate these precisely, we need to approximate them as closely as we wish. We modify our definition to say that a set of quantum gates is universal if we can create a circuit with those gates and approximate any n-qubit quantum gate to arbitrary precision. [TCN]

We need qubit entanglement, which does not have a classical counterpart.

Finally, below the elegant gates like X, Y, Z, H, and CNOT, we need to understand which gates engineers implemented in the hardware in any...